BRATTLEBORO >> Free and nutritious meals will be available to youth 18 and younger at over 20 sites throughout Windham County this summer through the USDA's Summer Food Service Program.
Meals will be served from late June through August at sites throughout the county, with many sites serving both breakfast and lunch. Additional summer camps will serve free breakfast, lunch, and/or snack through the program to their enrolled participants. The final list of sites will be available in June and distributed widely to schools and community partners.
To locate a meal site in Vermont, call 2-1-1 toll-free, text FOOD to 877-877, or visit hungerfreevt.org.
To learn more about these free meals and summer activities for kids, join the Summer Food Kick-Off on Friday, June 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Sanel lot on Flat Street in Brattleboro, next to the Boys & Girls Club. This fun, free event will include dinner for families, activities and giveaways, summer camp/activity information, and games and prizes from the Fuel Up to Play 60 van of the New England Dairy & Food Council.
There is no paperwork or registration to participate in the Summer Food Service Program — meals are truly open and free to all kids 18 and under, and a child does not have to live in the town or state to participate. Families are encouraged to identify the site closest to their homes and plan for their children to regularly eat meals at that site. Based on reimbursement, the more meals served, the more support is available to cover the costs of the program.
Community partners involved in the Summer Food subcommittee of the Hunger Council of the Windham Region include the Boys & Girls Club, Food Connects, Hunger Free Vermont, Our Place, United Way of Windham County, Windham Child Care Association, and the four Supervisory Unions in Windham County.